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Notre Dame Basketball: Fighting Irish mastering the grind

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By Ken Cross The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have had a tough road in the ACC as injuries to Bonzie Colson, D.J. Harvey, and Matt Farrell have missed multiple game after the ACC season commenced at the end of December.  Colson was considered by many a preseason All-America candidate as well as an ACC Player of the Year candidate, but …

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Duke Basketball: It’s all in the mix

In ACC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The Duke Blue Devils played potentially their best game of the season wire-to-wire on Wednesday night as they dispatched Louisville, 82-56.  It was an eclectic mix of variables that saw them continue to ascend at such a high level. Interestingly, Duke has streaked to four consecutive wins with Marvin Bagley out with injury as Grayson Allen has …

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Seminoles Basketball: Loss to Wake is a definition of college basketball

In ACC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Florida State’s 76-72 loss at Wake Forest on Wednesday night is a definition of the evolving game of college basketball.  There are tons of good teams, many hiding with worse records than there talent, and the intangible of the home court advantage may be at an all-time high. The Demon Deacons had lost seven in a row …

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Miami Basketball: Lessons Learned as offense hits stride

In ACC, News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Jim Larranaga boasts a deep and athletic Miami basketball team that was still smarting from it’s lack of offensive execution late in last Monday’s loss to Duke.  The Hurricanes had the week to make corrections and it certainly showed on Sunday in an entertaining 86-81 win at N.C. State. Larranaga noted that it was as easy as …

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Miami Basketball: Hurricanes lose 13-point lead thanks to Trent, Duke zone

In ACC, News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The Miami Hurricanes were cruising in outplaying Duke throughout Tuesday night’s game and building a 66-53 lead with 7:42 to go. However, once again the Blue Devils pulled the Houdini act and slipped back into the game.  Gary Trent hit a couple of quick threes of f the right baseline and started a 30-9 run to win …

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Three-point play: The Tar Heels’ bench, recruiting Luke Maye, board play

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By Ken Cross North Carolina used a 26-6 run midway through the second half to post an 85-75 win over determined Davidson on Friday night behind 27 points from Joel Berry and another double-double of 24 points and 17 rebounds from Luke Maye.  The following are three storylines that manifested themselves during the contest.  1) Back on the Boards The …

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Three-point play: Tri-captains, Recruiting, NCAA transfer rule outlined by Pitino

In ACC, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The Louisville Cardinals are getting ready for one of the most deep and talented teams of the Rick Pitino era. The chemistry and definition of the basketball team was capitalized with the election of Anas Mahmoud, Deng Adel, and Quentin Snyder as the tri-captains for the 2017-18 campaign. “I am surprised but very excited to see that …

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ACC Notes: Adel’s return signals big things for Cardinals

In ACC, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Embed from Getty Images After Donovan Mitchell and Jaylen Johnson departed Louisville for the NBA Draft, the Cardinals were relieved when the 6-7 junior Deng Adel pulled his name out and announced on May 24 that he was coming back for his junior season. Adel is a huge piece of the puzzle for the Cardinals as coach Rick Pitino …

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Berry’s toughness leads North Carolina to national title

In 2017 NCAA Tournament, ACC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross So North Carolina point guard Joel Berry had two injured ankles and so much was written about this that it sounded possible that he would ride to University of Phoenix Stadium in a wheel chair for the National Championship matchup with Gonzaga. Berry never relented.  He was the tough leader that coach Roy Williams had bragged on …

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Shooters, inside game highlight Gonzaga-North Carolina final

In ACC, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By David Sisk Six Keys to Gonzaga vs North Carolina The Inside Game – What will both teams have in common Monday night? They won’t have a decided height advantage in the post, which both normally share. The Heels’ bigs have dominated this season, and Kennedy Meeks was a one man wrecking crew against Oregon. Both teams have enjoyed large …